The Beat (TV series)

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This article is about the 2000 American drama series. For the Philippine current affairs program, see The Beat (Philippine TV series). For the 1966 American music program, see The !!!! Beat.
The Beat
Starring Derek Cecil
Mark Ruffalo
Poppy Montgomery
Tom Noonan
Lea DeLaria
Luis Guzman
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 13 (seven unaired)
Running time approx. 1 hour (per episode)
Production company(s) Viacom Productions
Original channel UPN
Original release March 21, 2000 – April 25, 2000

The Beat is a UPN drama series which was produced by Viacom Productions and premiered on March 21, 2000 and ended after only six episodes a month later on April 25. Seven additional episodes were produced although they have never aired.

The series focuses on the day-to-day experiences of two uniformed police officers, Mike Dorrigan (Derek Cecil) and Zane Marinelli (Mark Ruffalo), of the NYPD and their attempts to deal with day-to-day life and work in New York City.

The series was produced by many people who worked on Homicide: Life on the Street including Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Anya Epstein, Eric Overmyer, Irene Burns and Jim Finnerty. Many of the producers also collaborated on Oz including Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Irene Burns and Jim Finnerty.

The series is also notable as being one of the many series in which the character Det. John Munch, played by Richard Belzer, has appeared. The others include: Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, The X-Files, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Arrested Development, and The Wire.

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